The PROFECTUS Board of Directors
The PROFECTUS Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the Valor Academy of Leadership , and is charged with overseeing the sustainability of each school. Because the ability of the Board of Directors is contingent upon dedicated and engaged members, the inaugural Board Members of PROFECTUS are committed to ensuring that incoming members consistently support the founding mission as staunch ambassadors for the organization.
The Board of Directors currently consists of three community stakeholders that are vested in public education in Duval County. Mr. Cleve Warren serves as Chair, Dr. Barbara Darby serves as Secretary, and Mrs. Janet Owens serves as treasurer.
To learn more about them, please see the biographies below:
Mr. Cleve Warren
Founding Member and Board Chair
A nationally recognized economic development consultant and business advisor, Mr. Cleve Warren is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for PROFECTUS Learning Systems. A Jacksonville native, he is committed to improving the lives of citizens in our community through service via civic, corporate and charitable organizations.
Mr. Warren has served as Chairman of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Baptist Community Health Committee, the Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund, the historic Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum. Additionally, he was Board Secretary for the Baptist Heath Foundation and is a Board Member for the Jacksonville Community Engagement Group, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Tiger Academy Charter School.
Mr. Warren is the Chief Financial Officer of Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he provides collaborative financial management leadership for the college, ensuring its short and long-term fiscal health through solid business practices aligned with strategic planning. A retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve, his career has also included the roles of Vice President and Corporate Banking Officer with the Barnett Bank of Jacksonville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Essential Capital Finance, Inc., Senior Vice President and Manager of the Commercial Lending Division for Community First Bank of Jacksonville, and Founder & Majority Partner and Chief Operating Officer for The Players Group International.
Mr. Warren has provided senior management service on state and local government levels. Under former Governor Bob Martinez, he served as Executive Director of the Florida Black Business Investment Board, and under the late Mayor Ed Austin, he was appointed Chief of Economic Development for the City of Jacksonville. Mr. Warren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of North Florida’s Coggin School of Business, received a graduate degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. He is a proud alumnus of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida.
Dr. Barbara Darby
Founding Member and Secretary
An advocate for education, community development and youth empowerment, Dr. Barbara Darby is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for PROFECTUS Learning Systems. She is committed to civic engagement and community service.
For over 14 years, Dr. Darby has sponsored a successful six-week summer academy for young Black males, and since 2009, served as Co-Chair of the Jacksonville Community Engagement Group’s Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future. Her efforts have been instrumental in bringing attention to the academic needs and challenges of young Black Males in Duval County’s public schools. Additionally, she developed an innovative, award winning Leadership Academy for middle school students. Affiliations include serving as President of the Board of Directors of Leadership Jacksonville, the Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund, The Jacksonville Symphony, City Rescue Mission and the EDEN Group. She is a member and past president of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., President, The Links, Inc. – Bold City Chapter, and the Jacksonville Women’s Network. As a community steward, she served on the Duval County Election Reform Task Force, United Way Community Impact Task Force, Mayor-Elect John Peyton’s Transition Team and the Growth Management Task Force.
Dr. Darby is the Campus President for the North Campus & Nassau Center of Florida State College at Jacksonville. She is responsible for a budget of over $17 million, and a staff of more than 260 employees. Prior to her appointment as Campus President, she served in a variety of instructional leadership roles including Assistant Dean, Campus Dean, Instructional Program Manager and Director. Her teaching experience includes roles as Nursing Professor and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Education. The North Campus, located on 168 acres of land near the Jacksonville International Airport, serves a diverse student body of approximately 20,000 from Duval and Nassau counties with a wide range of career programs including Nursing and Allied Health, Liberal Arts, Public Safety Management, Early Childhood Education, and Business and Computer Technology.
Dr. Darby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hunter College in New York, a Master of Education degree in Adult Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Florida, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. She has participated in several leadership programs, including Project Blueprint, Leadership Jacksonville, National Institute for Leadership Development, the Gallup Leadership Institute, Leadership America and Leadership Florida.
Founding Member and Treasurer
Janet Owens has served as Executive Director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Jacksonville program (LISC Jacksonville) since 2010. LISC is the nation’s leading community development support organization. LISC helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy places to live, do business, work, and raise families. Through its nuanced and tailored lending, granting, and technical assistance support, LISC provides individuals and communities with the capital and technical expertise they need to revitalize and rebuild neighborhoods.
Janet brings to LISC 20-plus years’ fundraising and community development experience having served in both the nonprofit and public sectors. In her role, Janet manages a $1.3 million operating budget and oversees the strategic direction of the Jacksonville office, including the implementation of its Building Sustainable Communities approach, and development of new initiatives, partnerships, and programs. Since its opening in 1999, LISC Jacksonville has leveraged $61 million of investment into $186 million in real estate development. This includes: construction of 300 single-family homes and 233,300 square feet of commercial/retail space; and construction and renovation of 1,300 units of rental housing.
Janet serves on the boards of CityYear (Jacksonville), Jacksonville Chamber Board of Governors, Jacksonville Women’s Network, JPMorgan Chase Florida Community Advisory Board, and Profectus Learning Systems. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Girl Scouts of America, and Leadership Jacksonville Class of ’92.